Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Panama City ARC Spring Tailgate is on April 8th, 2023

The Panama City Amateur Radio Club Spring Tailgate is coming on April 8th. Mark your calendars and come out to the club. The start time will be 9 am and should go through lunchtime. Bring that old radio gear sitting around collecting dust to sell, or look for that item that will fill out your ham shack. Food will be provided for a nominal fee.

The PCARC clubhouse is located at:
130 N Church Ave
Panama City, FL 32404

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Introducing RaDAR Rally (Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio)

Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio, or RaDAR, was conceived by Eddie Leighton ZS6BNE in South Africa. Eddie has promoted RaDAR for many years. Eddie still sees value in RaDAR but has terminated the RaDAR Challenge rules as of 2023. I am introducing the RaDAR Rally event on the first Saturday of April and November. Please see https://radarrally.blogspot.com/ for the rules. The first RaDAR Rally will be on April 1st, 2023

The following video was recorded during our March 20, 2023, Beginner's Academy Zoom meeting.

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Upcoming Gulf Coast Hamfests

Mark your calendars!  There are two upcoming HamFests along the Gulf Coast, and you're invited!  More info is below.  

The Playground Amateur Radio Club's 53rd Annual Hamfest is March 17th & 18th, 2023 at the Northwest Florida Fairgrounds at 1958 Lewis Turner Blvd., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547.  Friday 4 - 7 p.m, and Saturday 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.  www.W4ZBB.org

The Milton Amateur Radio Club's 25th Annual HamFest is July 7th & 8th, 2023 at the Santa Rosa County Auditorium at 4530 Spikes Way, Milton, FL 32583.  Friday 3 - 8 p.m., and Saturday 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.  www.MiltonARC.org

Also, note the Panama City ARC Tailgate is on April 8th at the PCARC Clubhouse at 130 N. Church Ave Panama City, FL.

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Beginner's Guide to Aircraft Scatter by VA3ECO

Chris VA3ECO gives the basics of Aircraft Scatter, including a demo. This was recorded from our Feb 13th, 2023 Beginner's Academy Zoom.


Monday, February 6, 2023

Are You a New or Returning Ham?

Welcome new and returning hams. Here are some resources for your ham journey.

In-person meetings at the PCARC Clubhouse: Wednesdays at 7 pm 130 North Church Ave. Panama City, FL

Testing for Technician Class and Upgrades: The third Wednesday at PCARC Clubhouse at 6 pm. Please contact Gary Bills at aj4ky@arrl.net

Panama City ARC Monday Two-Meter Net: 7 pm on the W4RYZ two-meter Repeater 145.210 - offset 100 Hz tone.

Panama City ARC Website: www.w4ryz.org See all the tab pages.

Panama City ARC YouTube Channel: Link

Beginner's Academy Zoom Meetings: Mondays at 7:30 CST. In the desktop view, see the invite link request form on the right side of the home page. You also will need a free Zoom account.

Bay County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) Group: link

Have fun with Ham Radio!

Greg N4KGL

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Beginner's Guide for Remote Antenna Tuners

Amateur Radio Operators may want to use a Remote Antenna Tuner for their home or portable station. We discuss why and also some popular remote tuner models, including the Icom AH-4. This is a recording of our Jan 16th, 2023 Beginner's Academy Zoom Meeting.

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Heads Up for Winter Field Day 2023

Consider participating in the Winter Field Day for amateur radio. It is the weekend of Jan 28/29, 2023. I covered highlights of the rules for our Beginner's Academy Zoom on 1/3/2023. See the WFD rules at https://winterfieldday.com/rules.php